Date: 8/12/17 4:02 am From: Matt Curran <mcurran1...> Subject: Bird Habitat - Ambrosia Beetle Question - North Raleigh
I have a few bird feeders in my yard and actively enjoy birding without using pesticides/insecticides to keep the yard as natural as possible.
Last night my daughter pointed out to me some "worms" coming out of my crepe myrtle. I quickly found the issue was ambrosia beetles and they are bad news.
I'm going out this morning to purchase something to prevent the spread of them and have been told by an arborist that I should treat other trees as well to prevent the spread. I realize that once they are in, insecticides don't help, but they will kill what is on the outside and help prevent the spread.
Any suggestions/advice? I don't like to use strong chemicals, but in this situation, it appears to be the best solution. I'm not convinced organic problems will do anything.